Single Sundays: Unravel by Calia Read

Single Sundays: While this blog may be focused on reviewing book series as a whole, we can’t forget about the good ole’ standalone novel! On Sundays, I will review a novel that is considered to be a standalone novel. Here is this week’s offering:

Synopsis for Unravel (from Goodreads):
Six months ago, I was happy. I was simply Naomi Carradine.

One month ago, I was admitted into a psych ward.

Yesterday, Lachlan visited me. Kissed me. And told me that I’m starting to lose my mind.

Hours later, Max haunted my thoughts, reminding me I’m not crazy and that he needs my help.

A few minutes ago, I drifted further from reality, trying to unravel the past.

And now…everyone thinks I’m insane. But, I know he’s real, and I know he needs me.

Do you believe me?

Review:

When I first saw the cover for this book, I thought it was a new erotic romance novel that has some abstract artwork for a cover–much like Maya Banks’ Breathless Trilogy–instead of people. So initially I scrolled past it but then curiosity got the better of me and I decided to see what it was about. And after reading the synopsis, I just knew I had to read this book to figure out what it going on.

I really liked the execution of this book. It starts with Naomi already admitted to the psych ward and then she begins to retell what happened in her past to get her to that point. I immediately got sucked in trying to put together the pieces of her past to see what exactly had happened to get her to her current state.

This book is the definition of a New Adult read but instead of focusing solely on the romance, it focuses on the past and what brings us to the present. I found it very refreshing in that sense. Don’t let that previous sentence convince you that there isn’t a romance–because there definitely is and I loved it just as much as I loved the plotline. They blended very well together but I liked that the romance wasn’t all there was to this book.

I really had no idea what was going to happen but as soon as I did, it all clicked into place and I went: WOW, that was really great! I love when you finish a book and that is your first reaction because this book, while a mindf**k initially, really comes together beautifully at the end.

Conclusion:

This book definitely isn’t for everyone. It’s a very dark New Adult read and deals with some serious issues like mental illness. But if you enjoy novels that screw a bit with your mind and have a bit of a mystery to the plot, you will love this book. One of the best books I have read so far this year for sure!

Rating: 4.5/5

Shorthand Stats:
Genre: New Adult, Drama, Tragedy, Romance, Mystery
Recommended for: 18+
Heat Rating: really warm
Point of View: First Person
SERIESous’ Top Book Series: Favourite Standalone of 2014
Similar Reads: Rosebush by Michele Jaffe and Stolen by Lucy Christopher

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